Climate Change

 

Climate Change

On this page, you'll find information relating to the Committee's work on climate change.

Recent Activity

Draft Climate Change Plan (RPP3) 2017

The Scottish Government's draft Climate Change Plan (RPP3) will be published in January 2017 and the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee will consider this.  You can read about the Committee's work on this via the link below

Draft Climate Change Plan RPP3

Scotland's Climate Change Adaptation Programme - Committee on Climate Change Independent Assessment 2016

In Autumn 2016, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee considered the Committee on Climate Change's September 2016 publication assessing Scotland's climate change adaptation programme

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets 2016

In Autumn 2016, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee considered the Committee on Climate Change's 2016 progress report on Scotland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets, published in September 2016.

Public Bodies

Public sector bodies in Scotland have a duty to report on compliance with climate change duties each year.

Following its consideration of the draft Climate Change Plan, the Committee agreed in June 2017 to write to a selection of public bodies:

Care Inspectorate
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Falkirk Council
Food Standards Scotland
Glasgow City Council
NHS Grampian
Police Scotland
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Water
University of Strathclyde

The purpose of the letter is to gather their views on:

  • the steps organisations have taken to embed consideration of climate change issues strategically and at a  leadership level;
  • specific examples of how and where this has been done and where this has influenced a strategic decision;
  • views on any barriers or challenges the organisation faces in demonstrating climate change leadership and support  the Scottish Government could provide.

The Committee has received the following responses:

Following its consideration of the Scottish Land Commission's first strategic plan, the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary inquiring as to when and how the SLC would be added to the list of organisations required to report on their climate change mitigation activities.

 Correspondence

On 14 June 2016, the Committee received correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on the publication of Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 1990 - 2014:

On 4 July 2016, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart, wrote to the Local Government and Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament, indicating that the statutory target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016 would not be met.  The letter was copied to the Convener of the ECCLR Committee.

On 8 July 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform wrote to the Committee informing it of the discussions which had taken place at the EU Environment Council on 20 June 2016.  The topics covered included reform of the Emission Trading Scheme and the ratification of the Paris agreement.

On 25 October 2016, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart, wrote to the Local Government and Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament advising of the publication of three fuel poverty reports and a research paper. The letter was copied to the Convener of the ECCLR Committee. 

Letter received 10 January 2017 from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform to the Convener.

Letter received from Nourish Scotland providing a briefing on the contribution organic agriculture can make to addressing climate change.

Letter copied to the Committee that was sent to the Convenor of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee 12 March 2017 from the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities confirming the publication of the Scottish Government's response to the final reports of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic working group and the Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force.

On 12 April 2017, the Committee received correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform on advice from the CCC and stakeholder engagement on the proposed Climate Change Bill:

Letter received 21 August from Chris Stark of the Scottish Government providing an update on the final Climate Change Bill plan.

Letter from the Committee to Chris Stark of the Scottish Government regarding the Committee's parliamentary scrutiny of the government's draft Climate Change Plans in response to the letter the Committee received on 21 August 2017 (155KB pdf)

Letter sent to the Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament following his evidence session on 19 September.  The Convener wrote to him seeking clarification on points raised during the meeting.